Sometimes it just takes over me. An urge to do things, get out there, make some memories. I get scared that it might be my last chance to have some fun with the kids. They are growing so quickly and I’m not getting any younger myself. This half term was time for making memories.
It was half term and I made a plan of all the things I wanted to do. Was it too ambitious? Maybe, especially as we had to go out three days in a week, normally I have to rest after a day out. But, there was a birthday in there and you can’t postpone a birthday. The celebrations maybe, but not the buying of gifts and cards.
So, Monday was buying day. The card shop is practically next door to the toy shop, which would have been great had the birthday boy been under 40! But, no point in wasting a trip to the toy shop with the kids in tow, it was definitely time to spend that pocket money that was building up. Thankfully, the gifts had already been bought, but Graham still treated himself to a new game for his PS4 (yes, I did say he was over 40!) And Boo bought him a new DAD mug. He needs a coffee mug twice as big as the regular mugs to help him stay awake to play his PS4 all night.
Tuesday was Graham’s birthday and we went out for lunch. We could have gone out for dinner and included the whole family, but we’d only done that a couple of weeks ago for No1 Son. So, lunch it was at the local Brewer’s Fayre. The girls discovered that they were too big now to play in the play area so The little Man went off on his own. I wasn’t worried about him, he’s not shy and makes friends so easily, he talks to everyone. Plus we had a screen we could watch from the table. Boo, however, worried incessantly, ‘what if he gets hurt?’ ‘What if he goes somewhere else and we don’t see him?’ ‘What if someone bullies him?’ She’s just like a mini mum. I think I was probably like that when I was younger, but you kind of become more relaxed when you’ve had five children.
Thursday we had decided to go out. ‘Let’s go to the Think Tank’ I said. We haven’t been there for years and it was somewhere I wanted to go. The kids agreed but were not too excited. Had I worn them out already, surely they didn’t prefer to be stuck indoors?
The morning started as usual, breakfast then laptops. But, not without protest, I’d managed to persuade them to get dressed too. I got ready for our day out but no-one seemed really keen. Boo complained that she’d been to the Think Tank with her school just last year. Star complained that she didn’t want to go to the Think Tank but wouldn’t offer a reason. The Little Man just wanted to play Roblox, he didn’t even want to put his socks on.
Then Star said she didn’t want to go out unless we went to Mc Donalds first. I knew what would happen, it’s happened many a time before. We’d go to Mc Donald’s and then she’d insist we came home again. Eventually, she agreed to go to the Sea Life Centre instead of the Think Tank. Arrrgh! At least it was getting out, although I didn’t want to go to the Sea Life Centre, it’s way too familiar. Why was it so difficult, I just wanted to make some fun memories for my kids? Health wise I am probably better off staying home and doing nothing at all, but I don’t want my kids to have that as their childhood memory.
Anyway, cut a long story short, we went to Mc Donalds, then to the Sea Life Centre which was fully booked and we couldn’t go in. So, guess where we ended up? Yes, The Think Tank! On arrival at the Think Tank, Star brightened up as she recognised the place. Then we realised that we hadn’t actually explained anything to her about it and she’d become anxious because she didn’t know where she was going. That’s the problem when you have an autistic child, sometimes it’s easy to forget ‘the rules’ to forget how her mind works. Even though we know she’s autistic we still get it wrong and think she’s just being awkward. The tears and tantrums and effort just to get out of the house could possibly have been avoided had we just spent five minutes explaining that we’d been to the Think Tank before and tried to remind her of what it was like. Or maybe not, you never can tell.
So, fun was had (eventually) and memories made and hopefully, somewhere in the back of their minds they will retain only good thoughts and images of our ‘fun’ packed half term.
Good for you for making some great memories. It sounds like you had a nice week in the end.
We have just started vacation and both husband and child woke up with the flu. Looks like you had a better time than I will! #mixitup
Oh Tracy that’s awful, I wish them a speedy recovery and hope you don’t get it too. We all had flu a couple of weeks before the half term break. x
It sounds like you created a lot of memories over half term.
My two used to love the big to play in the soft play at our local Brewers Fayre. Aww! Bless Boo being worried about her brother while he was off playing.
hehehe! It did make me chuckle that even after all the drama of getting the kids out you ended up at somewhere they weren’t too keen on then had fun eventually. The same often happens here.
Great that it all turned out for the best. And lovely to make some memories #GlobalBlogging
Awesome fun, both my boys love the Think Tank and Sea Life Centre. Keeps them busy hehe X #
It’s so important to make memories with your children while they are young. Looks like you did some wonderful things with them during half term! Good for you!
Sounds like the birthday celebration was a good experience for the whole family. Thanks for sharing! #Keepingitreal
Your children are so sweet, Anne.
Fair play to you for trying so hard, Anne. And they so are building those memories. memories of a super mom who cared foremost! #MixItUp
Nice to hear that the birthday celebrations went well. I did smile when you ended up at the Think Tank after all. Sounds like one of our days out!
I have a PS4 hubby too lol! I have to admit though, I do play on it as well. x
Looks like there were highs and lows of half term, just like ours! Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging
I get what you said in the first paragraph about worrying whether you are making enough ‘happy memories’ for your kids. That they are growing up too fast,. In today’s fast-paced world, we feel the pressure to do so much and this generation needs so much more stimulation. But sometimes, just taking a backseat and enjoying some chill time together often makes for some of the best times – and memories – too! Glad it was a good half-term. Thanks for joining us on #itsok.